House passes interim bill to avoid government shutdown: NPR


The House of Representatives has initiated the process for another short-term government funding bill to avoid a standstill while negotiations continue on an omnibus bill.

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House passes interim bill to avoid government shutdown: NPR

The House of Representatives has initiated the process for another short-term government funding bill to avoid a standstill while negotiations continue on an omnibus bill.

J. Scott Applewhite/AP

The House of Representatives passed an interim bill to avoid a government shutdown and give Congress more time to strike a deal to fund the government for the rest of the fiscal year.

The House approved continuing resolution, 272-163, to finance the government until March 11.

House Appropriations Chair Rep. Rosa DeLauro, D-Conn., who introduced the bill Monday, described it as a mechanism for the government “to operate while Congress completes its important work.”

Congress now has three more weeks to finalize negotiations on an omnibus package for fiscal year 2022.

House Majority Leader Steny Hoyer, D-Md., expressed some frustration over the weekend that it took so long to reach agreement on the budget bills.

“We should have passed the 12 appropriation bills to finance the government for the upcoming fiscal year that we are in now – fiscal year 22 – we should have passed that by September 30,” said- he said on MSNBC. “We didn’t. As a result, we needed CR…and now we’re doing an extra one, because we didn’t complete our work in time.”

But he expressed optimism that an overall budget the deal is at hand before this next resolution expires.

“I think we’re going to agree on both the turnover – the amount of the expenses and how they will be spent – but it’s not there yet,” he added.

The resolution heads to the Senate, where Majority Leader Chuck Schumer, D.N.Y., said the chamber would act before government funding runs out on Feb. 18.

“As negotiations on a full-year funding agreement continue, we will avoid an unnecessary and costly government shutdown in the meantime,” Schumer told the Senate on Tuesday. “This CR gives a bit more time to come to an agreement on a spending package. It’s the responsible and careful path that eliminates the risk of shutdown.”

Senate Minority Leader Mitch McConnell said passing the temporary funding measure is “an obvious and common-sense step.”

But he also pointed to three important issues for the GOP. The first is defense spending parity, which means equal percentage increases in defense and non-defence spending. Democrats are pushing for a bigger increase in the latter. Republicans also want to retain longstanding policy endorsements, such as the Hyde Amendment, a longstanding ban on federal funding for most abortions, as well as ensuring that “partisan poison pills” are excluded from the OK.

This is the third time Congress has passed a short-term spending bill to keep the federal government running since the fiscal year began in October.


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